Abel is vice president of Oceania surfing federation

PORT MORESBY, 26 SEPTEMBER 2018 (POST COURIER) – Surfing Association PNG (SAPNG) president and co-founder, Andrew Abel, was appointed as vice president of Oceania Surfing Federation Inc.

Abel recently returned from the inaugural Oceania Surfing Federation Inc (OSF) meeting of 12 surfing member nations of the Pacific Including Australia and New Zealand facilitated by Andrew Minouge – CEO of the Pacific Games Council and supported by Kym Crane – Director Surfing Australia High Performance Training Centre.

The meeting from September 6-7 was staged at the newly built $A6 million Surfing Australia High Performance Training Centre located at Casurina, NSW south of Coolangatta, Gold Coast.

The meeting involved drafting of the constitution and strategic plans of the Oceania Surfing Federation Inc and appointment of its executives for a term of four years.

The executives elected for the Oceania Surfing Federation Inc are: President Carl Probert (Fiji), Vice President Andrew Abel, (SAPNG), Vice President Russel Ritchie (New Zealand), Secretary John Philip (Fiji), Treasurer Peter Lonergan (CFO, Surfing Australia High Performance Centre), Ordinary Member Stef Mahuk (Vanuatu) and Jake White ( Surfing Australia High Performance Centre).

Abel expressed his satisfaction in the formation of the Oceania Surfing Federation Inc and what it means to the Surfing Association PNG Inc and the other 12 surfing member nations of the region.

“Giving rise to greater exposure for SAPNG to leverage its elite surfing athletes to train at the state of the art Surfing Australia High Performance Centre in preparation for SAPNG National Surfing Titles, annual PNG KUMUL World Longboard Championship with the World Surf League, Oceania Surfing Federation Championships and surfing as a sport taking its rightful place in the Olympics in 2020 Japan,” he said.

Abel also believes that the formation of the Oceania Surfing Federation Inc will be the opportunity for SAPNG to stage on PNG soil in between the Pacific Games (every four years) an Oceania Surfing Federation Championship event.

Riding off the back of the planned PNG Kumul World Longboard Championship events with a cross cultural – surfing event including representation of indigenous surfers from New Zealand and Australia with each country performing their cultural dances as part of the surfing cultural championship experience thus raising the profile of PNG as a favourable surfing and tourism destination.

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